5¢ Indian Red (28A), three pairs and two singles, the two pairs at left arranged in block form, well-centered, rich color, three stamps with interpane margins and centerline, four stamps have negligible faults, used with 1¢ Blue, Type V (24) and tied by "New Orleans La. Jan. 19, 1859" circular datestamp struck five times on folded letter to Brussels, Belgium, paying the 42¢ French mail rate for one ounce (a second 1¢ is missing to left), "Boston Am. Pkt. Jan. 28" circular datestamp on back--carried on the Inman Line City of Washington, departing New York January 29, 1859, and arriving at Liverpool February 11--French arrival datestamp (February 12) and framed "P.D." handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps
Very Fine appearance and unique. This wonderful artifact of the 1857 Perforated issue bears the largest number of 5¢ Indian Red stamps known on one cover.
Ex Alfred H. Caspary, Philip G. Rust, Dr. Leonard Kapiloff and from our 1987 Rarities of the World sale (consigned by Rust). Signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook with his notes on back. Illustrated in Rose, The First United States Perforated Stamps--The 1857 Issue (p. 40). With 1992 P.F. certificate. The total Scott value of the 5¢ Indian Red stamps off cover is $29,500.00.